11h CPDConference

Enrolled Nurses' Conference

An Annual Ausmed Education Two-Day Event


Surry Hills
31 Aug - 1 Sep 2020
Rydges Sydney Central,
28 Albion Street

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Why Attend

As the health system constantly changes, make sure you are one of the well-informed and up-to-date nursing professionals. Attend this conference and learn about:

  • Professional opportunities for enrolled nurses
  • Medication updates
  • What you need to know about wounds
  • Latest trends in diabetes care
  • How to deal with ethical dilemmas
  • How holistic care differs from a medical model of care
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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Amy Bowen

Non-pharmacological Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

This session will explore the non-pharmacological treatments designed to manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), and includes:

  • Which treatments have proven to be effective?
  • What are some new techniques in the treatment of BPSD?
  • Do robot pets have the same effect as real animals?
Maria Sheehan

Clinical Enrolled Nurse Detective – What Condition Is This?

As enrolled nurses, we use critical thinking skills and professional judgment on a daily basis in our practice. It is important that we continue to revise and strengthen these skills to ensure that we are able to recognise and act on important changes in a patient’s condition in a timely manner. In this session, you will:

  • Gradually move through a case scenario
  • It will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems
  • Along the way, you will be given pieces of information that you can use to solve the case
  • Are you ready, detective?
11:00 Morning Tea

Amy Bowen

Is It Really Dementia?

The increased incidence of dementia sufferers can make it easier to assume a person has this condition when they, in fact, may have other reasons for their confusion. This session looks at other causes of confusion in an older person. It will offer tips on what to look for to ensure you are not confusing dementia with other diagnoses. It includes:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Infections
  • Medications
Chris Tremonti

When Less Is More? Recognising the Unnecessary Use of Medicines

The adverse effects of medication are a constant concern for healthcare professionals. Knowing the potential risks of a medication can significantly prevent injury or harm, such as falls. This session will look at the adverse effects of medications, the need for deprescribing and how to prevent unnecessary harm. It includes:

  • What are some of the common adverse effects of medicines?
  • How can you reduce the risk of harm associated with medicines?
  • Why is it important to be aware of adverse effects?
  • What is deprescribing? Principles of deprescribing
1:30 Lunch and Networking

Wendy Bryant

Diabetes Disaster Preparedness

Natural or manmade disasters can happen at any time. So, we have to be ready for any situation. This is especially true for people living with diabetes, as any disaster can be detrimental. This session includes:

  • How are natural disasters deleterious, especially for your patients/residents with diabetes?
  • What do you have to prepare for your patients/residents with diabetes in case of an emergency?
  • Can these patients use other forms of diabetes medication in emergency situations?
  • What do you have to watch out for when caring for these patients in an emergency?
  • Are there any special considerations you have to be aware of?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Wendy Bryant

The Brain and Diabetes: What Is the Link Between Diabetes and Dementia

Studies have shown that people living with type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. This session includes:

  • How does diabetes potentially cause dementia?
  • Is there a way we can prevent diabetes-related dementia?
  • How does vascular dementia differ from other dementias?
  • How does diabetes impact dementia?
  • How can we support people with diabetes and dementia?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Chris Muller

Healthcare Complaints

When a complaint is made against a healthcare practitioner or provider, it is up to the Health Care Complaints Commission to investigate this complaint. This session will include:

  • The role of the expert reviewer
  • The complaint management framework
  • Expert code of conduct
  • Providing evidence
Chris Muller

Saints and Sinners: Healthcare Professionals and Addictions

The TV show Nurse Jackie showed us a healthcare professional with an addiction to prescription medication. Though people have complained about it, it highlights an issue that affects nurses and other healthcare professionals worldwide. This session will explore:

  • What are the reasons why some healthcare professionals become addicted to prescription medication, alcohol and/or other drugs?
  • Are there any challenges faced by healthcare professionals who want to seek treatment for these addictions?
  • How can we help our colleagues who may be addicted to prescription medication, alcohol and/or other drugs?
10:45 Morning Tea

Amy Bowen

Hospital-Acquired Delirium

Delirium is a poorly recognised hospital-associated complication (HAC) that occurs in patients of any age, but mostly in older adults – at times making it hard to distinguish from dementia. This session will explore one of the most poorly understood HACs and will discuss the following:

  • Why is it difficult to detect delirium?
  • What are the risk factors for hospital-acquired delirium?
  • Delirium vs dementia: what’s the difference?
  • How can alcohol withdrawal syndrome be confused with delirium?
12:15 Lunch and Networking


Speak up for Patient Safety

Sometimes, healthcare professionals feel that they do not have the right to express their opinions on things they see in the medical field, which may result in patient harm. This session will look at the importance of speaking up for patient safety and discuss:

  • Why is it important to empower all healthcare workers, including students, to speak up?
  • What are the difficulties in empowering healthcare students to speak up?
  • How can we change a culture of underreporting possible breaches to patient safety?

Debriefing After Critical Incidents

Nurses working in any setting may be involved in a stressful or unexpectedly traumatic event while at work. This may not be easy to deal with and may require critical incidence stressing. This session will discuss what a debrief entails and when it is effective, giving you an understanding of the principles of debriefing that can be adapted to small everyday stresses to prevent them from building up into big ones! It includes:

  • How to prevent the critical incident causing undue stress
  • When to know that you may need some support
  • An opportunity to constructively debrief as a group
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Judy Lovas

Take a Breather: Practical Relaxation Techniques

Sometimes, self-care and relaxation may help nurses who are experiencing work-related stresses. This session will outline practical skills for you to take home and use to enhance your own wellbeing and includes:

  • Evidence-based relaxation therapy for pain, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, trauma and chronic conditions
  • Evidence of Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing (DDB) as self-care for chronic conditions
  • How to practice regularly to reduce the effects of chronic conditions
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

The scope of practice of enrolled nurses (ENs) has become more complex over time. Safety and competency skills are critical to ENs practice, and it is essential that continuous updates to knowledge and skills are undertaken. Holistic nursing care relies on comprehensive approaches to patient conditions. This further reflects the need for broad-based education that places the person at the centre of care. In addition, continuing professional development is a professional regulatory requirement.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this program is to improve patient outcomes by increasing the clinical and professional knowledge and practice of enrolled nurses.

Your learning outcomes:

Negotiate holistic care with adults who have chronic conditions that is attuned to their desired outcomes
Critically interpret and use patient information from a range of sources to provide best-practice nursing care
Use communication as a therapeutic tool to facilitate collegial and interprofessional collaboration
Implement and evaluate care that reflects best-available nursing evidence so that safe and quality care is provided


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Wendy Bryant

Wendy Bryant is a credentialed diabetes educator with 22 years' experience, as well as specialised diabetes knowledge and skills in the provision and advancement of diabetes care and diabetes self-management education. She is currently employed at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney as a clinical nurse consultant in diabetes. She also works in private practice as part of a multidisciplinary team, both at the Mater and St Vincent’s Private Clinic. Read More

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Maria Sheehan

Maria Sheehan has worked in cardiac care for a significant part of her career, in New Zealand, England and the last 20 years in Australia. Maria has been a nurse practitioner in chronic cardiac care, both cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure for 9 years and she currently works at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney managing heart failure clients in the community. Maria has had various committee roles in nursing organisations including ACRA, ACNC and CSANZ. Maria has a Masters in Nursing [nurse practitioner] and certificates in chronic disease management. Read More

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Christine Muller

Christine Muller is a registered nurse who works as a nurse practitioner: adult mental health at the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network. She holds a graduate diploma in mental health, a master of nursing mental health (nurse practitioner) and a diploma in project management. Chris has almost 40 years of experience as a mental health nurse working in large 5th hospitals, in community extended hours teams and within private mental health hospitals. For the past 20 years, Chris has been employed by Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network as a clinical nurse consultant level 3 acting patient safety and clinical risk manager. Since 2008, Chris has been employed as a nurse practitioner within custodial health. Chris is committed to enhancing the skills of fellow health staff working within a unique and challenging context and providing a high-quality mental health service for a highly marginalised population where multimorbidity and complex presentations are the norms. Read More

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Judy Lovas

Dr Judy Lovas’ dynamic presentations explain the art and science of evidence-based relaxation therapy. In our increasingly fast-paced world, everyone needs to relax yet few know how. Judy is passionate about teaching simple relaxation skills for stress-related conditions, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, fatigue, and pain. Judy teaches psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, and relaxation therapies in the tertiary and corporate sector. Her presentations offer a scientific and holistic approach to improve both physical and psychological wellbeing. Read More

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Chris Tremonti

Dr Chris Tremonti is the advanced trainee in clinical pharmacology and addiction medicine at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and also works part-time for the NSW Ministry of Health in the population health department. He completed basic physician training at Royal North Shore two years ago. He has sat on the drug committees of NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group, Australian Prescriber, and RPA Hospital. Having worked with some of Sydney’s most disadvantaged patients in the inner city, he would describe himself as a medical pragmatist, and harm minimisation-ist – “Perfection is the enemy of the good”. He is a recent father, lucky husband, and AFL tragic - resurrecting his playing career at the tender age of 33 for the Randwick City Saints - and spending his weekends shouting at the Hawks. Read More

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Amy Bowen

Amy Bowen is a self-employed nurse practitioner with an innovative model of care that combines the mindset and skill base of an emergency nurse practitioner with an aged care specialist focus. This model of practice has a strong foundation in the role of hospital avoidance and the delivery of service to the residents of five residential aged care facilities on the Northern Beaches. Amy has been an RN for 25 years, with a background of 15 years in emergency at Mona Vale hospital as a clinical nurse specialist before going on to complete her nurse practitioner training. Amy sits on the clinical council for the Sydney PHN, is involved in the implementation of clinical pathways, sits on various expert panels and committees and has been welcomed as a speaker at multiple conferences across Australia. Amy was lucky enough to receive the APNA Nurse of the Year Award in 2016 for quality and innovative practice. Amy is passionate about hospital avoidance, specialising in chronic and complex illness management, wound care and palliative care. Read More


31 Aug - 1 Sep 2020


Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW,2010


$629.00 (two days)
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